Current Models of Robots

saran | November 10 - 2010


The Chroino (a combination of “to chronicle” and “black,” It is a 35cm tall humanoid robot with sophisticated movements, powered by a lithium polymer battery. A newly developed “monocoque frame” covering is made of carbon and plastic, giving Chorino a friendly appearance, light weight and robust body. This has been developed in Japa.


Tomotaka Takahashi, the Kyoto University student, created the robot while bigger companies could be spending huge amount of money in developing robots. The 9.8-inch-high Magdan robot looks and moves like a robot in an animated movie. Magdan can walk forward, backward, rotate left to right, and it can swing its arms. Magdan is powered by a single motor.

Powered by a single motor, Magdan can walk forward and backward, rotate left to right, and swing its arms, said Tomotaka Takahashi, the Kyoto University student who created the robot.

To allow Magdan walk smoothly, Takahashi developed electromagnetic absorption technology which allows the robot to walk on an iron-plate base using magnetic feet. He made the prototype in 6months time

Magdan is the second prototype autonomous robot developed by Tomotaka Takahash. This robot is made from aluminum and plastic with a gunmetal grey exterior to resemble the manga theme. It has a villainous appearance.

It is 25cm high and weighs 400g, and seems to move a bit more awkwardly than the Chorino perhaps because of its adult size frame.


Neon is a humanoid robot that was exhibited in the celebration of the birth of Astro Boy, the legendary Japanese “manga.”.It is 40 cm high and weighs 1.3 kgs., Neon was developed to narrow the gap between imaginary robots appearing in manga and real robots. The exterior is roundish in appearance and a subdued color of it make people . Neon walks majestically and with wide, stable strides due to electromagnets attached to the soles of its feet.

Both Magdan and Neon are meant for toy applications. Robotics need qualified engineers, and some of the leading educational institutions are opening departments for Robotics.